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Using all humor-devices at his disposal, Wodehouse delivers a truly timeless classic in The Mating Season. The hero, Bertram Wilberforce Wooster (Bertie to his intimates) is helplessly drawn into a three-act fiasco in his feeble attempts to aid school-chums straighten out lovers quarrels. Add a dose of self-preservation (frantically avoiding marriage with Madeline Basset as per usual), large dogs, and over-starched butlers and the stage is set. Jeeves, Bertie's personal manservant and the brains behind all solutions, convinces Bertie to impersonate a friend-in-distress and that begins a roll-call of other impersonations.
I can re-read this every few years but am never quite prepared for the waves of laughter for the village concert, especially the violin solo, Master George's BenBattle rendition, or when the knockabout cross-talk act scene arrives. The delivery of one liners and range of voices displayed by Jonathan Cecil is truly astounding and I urge you to give this book a listen.
Jonathan Cecil's performance cannot be bettered. This book is the funniest of all the PG Woodhouse books I've read so far. All in all it is delightful, lighthearted, laugh out loud Woodhouse at its best.
Jonathan Cecil is hands down the best Wodehouse narrator around. His Jeeves and Wooster is perfect. Great story, fantastic narration. Well worth buying.
"Wodehouse strikes again with another classic"
I would thoroughly recommend this book as it takes you back to a carefree time when gentlemen were gentlemen and life was one jolly jape after another
I like the style of Wodehouse's writing. His turn of phrase is sublime. The many aunts of Bertie's give great amusement
I have listened to all of Jonathan 's performances and he is a master in capturing the characters within the book. You could say that all the books follow the same general storyline but I find them all full of humour and enjoyment
It made me laugh in many places, especially when he was in a tight spot with being discovered as impersonating Gussie and when Jeeves has to step in and save the day
Jonathan Cecil is a wonderful narrator and suits these books perfectly
Possibly the best Jeeves novel of the lot. Beautiful use of language and superbly developed characters.
"one of the finest"
One of the best Jeeves and Wooster novels. A fine farce in which Bertie has to pretend to be Gussie; while Gussie pretends to be Bertie. As usual, Bertie's chums conspire to land him in the soup forcing Jeeves to haul him to safety. Featuring a host of magnificently named characters, including Catsmeat Potter Pirbright and Esmund Haddock of Haddock's Heartache Hokies, plus 5 terrifying aunts, it's a delight. Beautifully narrated by Cecil.
"Witty Wodehouse at his best"
Engaging, light Wodehousian fun ! Well paced reading, good characterisation - an audio book easy on the ear in all ways !!
Brilliant! Absolutely up to the usual standard in every regard. A very satisfying farce with the joins just visible enough to make you feel in on the joke.
This is PG Wodehouse at his best, so clearly it is going to be worth a listen. The narrator is good, but be warned that he isn't always very good at differentiating the voices, so when two or even three young men, for example, are talking, it is almost impossible to tell who is saying what. However, it is still great fun.
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